**Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC in exchange for an honest review from as part of a tour from TBR and Beyond Tours.**
Title A Magic Steeped in Poison
Author Judy I. Lin
Release Date March 29, 2022
Date Finished March 31, 2022
Judy I. Lin’s sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.
I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, “These are the hands that buried my mother.”
For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it’s her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her—the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.
When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom’s greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making—she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning’s only chance to save her sister’s life.
But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.
I was positively thrilled to be chosen for this tour. I love Asian mythology and Asian inspired fantasy and this book sounded fantastic! I also loved the competition element!
Some Things I Liked
Enemies to Lovers romance with fantastic banter. I loved the banter between all of the characters in this story but the romance banter was my favorite.
Competition element. If you enjoyed the competition in Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, definitely give this book a read. It had all the best elements of a great contest from snarky fellow competitors, drama, and suspense!
Political drama. I also loved the world building and political landscape the story sets up. There’s so much more at stake than Ning’s sister’s health and I loved the way the story unfolded and the reader learned more of the bigger picture.
I can’t wait for the sequel to this book. Thank goodness it’s coming out later this year because I’m going to have a terrible time waiting. I also can’t wait to read more of Judy I. Lin’s writing!
I adored this book. I will be recommending it for a long time to come!